Since the beginning of the 1980s, Anne Noble has been one of New Zealand’s top photographers. She mainly works in series and often explores the place of memory and sensation. This series consists of very large format images and first started in 1998; it is dedicated to the artist’s daughter, Ruby. It illustrates the artist’s original view of childhood, one that explores ‘what children do with their mouths’.
Anne Noble is a leading representative of the photographic arts in New Zealand, and she refers to her work as an ‘alternative archaeology of childhood’. By employing a deliberately disproportionate scale compared with the apparent ordinariness of her subject matter, and the use of flash and very strongly contrasting colours, the artist has found an unusual way to emphasise a part of the body, the mouth, in its many symbolic functions. Feeding, expression, language, etc.
The catalogue offers the entire cycle of photographs taken by Anne Noble, including a conversation with artist and Yves Le Fur, who commissioned the exhibition. This publication forms part of the Photoquai 2007 biennale, and includes references to Anne Noble, her exhibitions and publications.